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Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2023

Holiday Cheer Returns to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Updated by Chris Murphy / Images from Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the area’s most popular family-friendly attractions. With rides and entertainment for all ages, everyone can enjoy a trip to the award-winning theme park. During the holiday, Busch Gardens invites the laughter, joy and cheer of the holiday season to the park during Christmas Town.

About Christmas Town

The holiday season shines brightest during Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. From Nov. 11 through Jan. 8, Christmas Town will feature 10 million twinkling lights as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland. The whole family will love the festive holiday décor, entertaining themed shows and much more during this celebration.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Germany area is transformed into the North Pole. The sweet smell of holiday cookies from the Cookies & Cocoa shop fills the air as you are mesmerized by eye-catching Christmas displays. Projection mapping makes virtual gingerbread men come to life in this festive village during Christmas Town.

Busch Gardens is known for its fantastic entertainment and shows year-round, and Christmas Town is no different. Sing and dance along during these family-friendly holiday shows during Christmas Town. These shows range from heart-warming tales to fun musical numbers that embrace the seasonal spirit. Many are traditional Christmas favorites with a twist, including the story of Scrooge and ‘Twas the Night on ice.
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Busch Gardens Christmas Town Shows

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Rides

Experience your favorite Busch Gardens rides in a new way during Christmas Town.

Best Rides to View the Christmas Town Lights

A ride on the Christmas Town Express isn’t the only way to see all of Busch Gardens Christmas Town’s spectacular lights. The Mäch Tower®, Aeronaut Skyride and new Finnegan’s Flyer will give you a bird’s-eye view of the Christmas Town light displays.

Christmas Town Express

Don’t miss your chance to take a ride on the Christmas Town Express, departing from Caribou Station in New France. View millions of glimmering lights along this mile-and-a-half long ride through holiday-themed vignettes. Sing along to classic holiday songs as you tour the world’s most beautiful theme park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. All of Busch Gardens regular rollercoasters and rides will be open throughout the park for your enjoyment as well.
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Busch Gardens Christmas Town Dining

While you’re exploring Christmas Town, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Indulge in holiday favorites, sweet treats and warm beverages throughout the park.

Find full Christmas Town menus and seasonal dishes at Das Festhaus, Trappers Smokehouse and Squire’s Grille will be serving their usual fare in a festively decorated setting.

While you’re in England, join the Christmas Party happening at Cobblestone Ale & Spirits. Get out of the cold as you grab a pint or one of the Dickens-themed cocktails available during the Christmas Town celebration.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert. While you’re in the park, warm up with a cup of sweet hot cocoa. Or, treat yourself to homemade fudge, an assortment of cookies, a warm brownie skillet and more available throughout the park.

Holiday Photos at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

As you explore the grounds of the park, keep your eye out for some familiar faces.

Visit the North Pole where Santa Claus and his elves are working hard in his workshop. Explore the workshop then meet Santa himself. Get the whole family’s photo taken with Mr. Claus, then let the kids personally give Santa their Christmas list.

More photo opportunities await at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland. Everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer, along with his friends Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble, are around the Holiday Hills™ and ready to take fun pictures with you. Be sure to pick up your special, keepsake photo before you leave.

Don’t forget to stop by the Highland Stables for photos with the Clydesdale horses or a picture in front of the 50-foot Christmas Tree at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s North Pole.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Tickets

Those with annual memberships to Busch Gardens not only get access to the park anytime throughout the year, but also admission to Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town. If you don’t have a membership to Busch Gardens, there are plenty of ticketing options to choose from.

Single-day admission tickets to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens vary from $22.99–$34.99 when you buy online. Purchase your tickets in advance to save money.

Christmas Bounce Ticket

The Christmas Bounce Ticket gives guests a chance to celebrate the holiday season at Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. For three consecutive days, the Christmas Bounce Ticket grants admission to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens during the duration of Christmas Town.

Christmas Town Fun Card

For unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg during Christmas Town, purchase a Christmas Town Fun Card. Valid during the duration of Christmas Town, this fun is perfect for those looking to experience Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2019 multiple times.

Christmas Town Visitor Information

Busch Gardens and Christmas Town will be closed on Monday through Thursday the weeks of Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. The park will also be closed on Christmas Day.

Christmas Town Hours

Christmas Town is open Sunday through Friday from 2–10 p.m. On Saturdays, the park will be open from noon–10 p.m.

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